The 7 Best Drivers of All Time

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7 (tie): John Daly

You don't get the nickname "Long John" without being able to drive the ball better than just about anyone else. At his best, Daly combined raw power with a reckless yet highly effective technique that saw his club go way past parallel. Top 100 teachers backed the two-time major champion enough to earn him a tie as the seventh greatest driver of all time.
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7 (tie): David Toms

David Toms is a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, thanks in part to his pinpoint accuracy. He was close to the top-50 in distance early in his career before the power golf era ushered in by Tiger Woods. You can now expect to find him in the bottom third of distance and among the leaders in accuracy. He's the most accurate on Tour this year through the U.S. Open and has 108 top-10 finishes in his career.
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7 (tie): Lee Trevino

Trevino earned a spot on our the Top 100 list thanks to the metronomic precision of his drives. Fade after fade after fade, you could bet on him finding the fairway. "As straight as Trevino was driving this week, no one was going to beat him," said Gary Player after Trevino won the 1974 PGA Championship by a shot over Jack Nicklaus.
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7 (tie): Sergio Garcia

"I watch a lot of golf on TV (just ask my wife!) and Sergio is long and straight with the big dog," said Top 100 teacher Dan Pasquariello. Garcia's accuracy and length lands him a spot on our list. He has eight PGA Tour wins in his career, including the 2008 Players.
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6: Fred Funk

Yes, he was outdriven by Annika Sorenstam. So? She's a great player and so is Fred Funk, who has made a career out of driving the ball exactly where he wants it to go. "I was fortunate to work with Fred Funk for 25 years," Top 100 teacher Bill Moretti said. "Not that I'm taking credit for him! He obviously was very straight with his tee shot. He told me as a kid he never hit balls off the grass, only a mat, and swung a broom to get stronger."
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5: Sam Snead

Author of 82 PGA Tour victories, Slammin' Sammy was an accurate and long driver, thanks to his fluid motion. "This fellow has the best swing I ever saw," Bobby Jones said.
7 of 20 Leonard Kamsler

5: Sam Snead

Snead, just after impact. The Virginian had 17 PGA Tour wins after turning 40.
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4: Calvin Peete

Peete parlayed his unfailing accuracy into 12 Tour wins, including the 1985 Players. One of the most underrated players of all time, he led the Tour in driving accuracy for 10 consecutive seasons. If you had to pick one player to split the fairway, Calvin Peete is your guy.
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4: Calvin Peete

Peete shot a final-round 66 at TPC in Ponte Vedra to win the 1985 Players. He finished 14 under par, breaking Fred Couples 1984 tournament record by three shots.
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3: Ben Hogan

The diminutive Hogan famously battled a hook and won long-drive contests before weakening his grip and becoming one of the all-time great players. "He was a brilliant driver of the ball," said Top 100 teacher Rod Lidenberg. "He was essentially a low-ball hitter who could shape the ball in either direction. He was pound-for-pound the longest hitter of his era."
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3: Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan, just before impact, from the late 1940s. Hogan shot 69 to Sam Snead's 72 during a 1965 episode of "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf." He hit every fairway and every green in regulation.
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3: Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan drives the ball during the 1957 Masters. Top 100 Teacher Bill Moretti on Hogan: "He was a shotmaker with his driver. He would fade or hook it on based on the best percentage side of the fairway."
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2: Jack Nicklaus

The Golden Bear's sheer power off the tee was summarized by Bobby Jones after watching him win the 1965 Masters by nine shots: "Nicklaus played a game with which I am not familiar." Nicklaus, writing in Sports Illustrated, said his advantage at Augusta did not come from being able to reach par 5s in two. Rather, it came on a handful of holes where his longer drives carried upslopes and benefitted from rolls that shorter players never got.
14 of 20 Leonard Kamsler

2: Jack Nicklaus

The Golden Bear at impact. Said Top 100 Teacher Mike Adams: "He hit the driver long and straight and high. He turned every par 5 into a par 4."
15 of 20 Tony Triolo

2: Jack Nicklaus

"In the early part of his career there was no other player that could match his sheer power off the tee," said Top 100 teacher Rod Lidenberg. "As age reduced his distance off the tee, he shifted his emphasis toward playing more strategically. He rarely, if ever, beat himself. "
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1: Greg Norman

The best driver of all time, as chosen by Top 100 Teachers, Greg Norman is said to have practiced driving the ball more than any other shot - with incredible distance and accuracy, can you blame him? His signature was a high, Nicklaus-like finish that helped him to 20 PGA Tour victories and two major titles. He's simply the best driver of all time.
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1: Greg Norman

The Shark at impact. "I saw him when he just moved to the states and practiced at The Loxahatchee Club in Florida. We all asked, 'Who is that? He is scary!'" - Top 100 teacher Dan Pasquariello
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1. Greg Norman

1: The Shark rips a tee shot during the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews. Norman won the 1986 and 1993 Open Championships and contended at St. Andrews in 2008 at age 53 before finishing tied for third.

Greg Norman

1: Greg Norman does not play much competitive golf now, though he did average 293 yards off the tee in two Champions Tour events in 2012. He'll be the lead color commentator for Fox Sports when the network takes over U.S. Open broadcast duties in 2015. Norman was a popular figure at Pinehurst No. 2 when he visited during this year's U.S. Open.
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Honorable Mention, and Tiger

Tiger Woods was not selected by any of the Top 100 teachers as one of the three best drivers of all time. Neither was Phil Mickelson. Those that received votes, but not enough to make the top seven, included: Julius Boros, Fred Couples, Joe Durant, Nick Faldo, Bruce Lietzke, Davis Love III, Willy Macfarlane, Johnny Miller, Orville Moody, Byron Nelson, Moe Norman, Arnold Palmer, Kenny Perry, Heath Slocum, Harry Vardon, Bubba Watson and Tom Weiskopf.